Director of 'road' genre movies is back with 'Taxi No. 9211'. Milan Luthria, who debuted with 'Kachche Dhaage' and later directed action packed 'Deewar - Let's Bring Our Heroes Home' is back with this Ramesh Sippy production that promises a fun filled ride. For a movie like this that boasts of a unique assemble of stars like Nana Patekar, John Abraham, Sameera Reddy, Sonali Kulkarni and Shivaji Satam, there are hopes of a decent entertainer in hand. Also Vishal-Shekhar's names on the credits as composers further escalates the interest quotient due to their consistent delivery of movie soundtracks over the years.
1) Boombai Nagariya (Living In The City and Club mix) [Lyrics: Vishal, Singers: Bappi Lahiri, Vishal]
Whether it is the opening version (Living In The City) on the 'club mix' version by Guru Sharma that follows later, 'Boombai Nagariya' never fails to deliver. In fact the 'Living In The City' too is a remix of sorts rather than a regular song and includes number of dialogues by both Nana and John. Some are serious while other are funny but the fact cannot be denied that it is Bappi da's rendition (yes, he returns after a long time to sing) that makes you go for the 'repeat' button. A racy track that should be instrumental in driving the movie's narrative as a part of background score, it is pretty catchy. Bappi da's vocals are a revelation and credit must go to the duo of Vishal-Shekhar as they extract a lively performance from the veteran. Lyrics by Vishal convey tell a lot about the fast life of Mumbai that should be immediately identified by all the Mumbaikars!
2) Ek Nazar Mein Bhi [Lyrics: Vishal, Singers: K.K., Sunidhi Chauhan]
K.K. is one singer who has been consistently delivering good songs over the years but is surprisingly not written about much. Here he again comes up with a romantic number 'Ek Nazar Mein Bhi' that could have been conveniently shot around the trees but to the credit of the maker, it has been picturised differently. A love song picturised on John and Sameera, it surprisingly finds a place on the dance floor and the final result is simply enjoyable. A rhythmic number with ample dose of melody (a trademark Vishal-Shekhar style), it has been sung in a low pitch by both the singers inspite of a dance floor setting. It may not be the most romantic song you have ever heard but nevertheless adds on to the album's flow.
3) Meter Down (Original and Rock'n'roll mix) [Lyrics: Vishal, Singer: Adnan Sami]
On first look one wonders how would a song seem with lyrics as 'Meter Down'. Then you read Adnan Sami's name on the credits and realize that this is going to be one fun filled song theme song. This is what it actually turns out to be as just like 'Boommbai Nagariya' that was about life in Mumbai, this one takes a cue from a 'Taxi Meter' and draws parallels with life. What catches your attention are the catchy lyrics that compliment the smooth flow of music. Rock'n'Roll mix, as the title suggests, is a rollicking remix version by Guru Sharma that makes the first half of 'Taxi No.9211' pretty enjoyable half .
4) Aazmale Aazmale [Lyrics: Dev Kohli, Singer: Vishal Dadlani]
After all the fun and frolic, its turn to get introspective and a bit philosophical for the most part of the remaining album. 'Aazmaale' sung by Vishal has some thoughtful lyrics by veteran Dev Kohli. By the look of the things, it appears that 'Aazmale' won't be a pushover number that would be edited at the editing table as it promises to take the story forward. But do not expect this slow moving song to be one of the major reasons to run for the audio.
5) Bekhudi [Lyrics: Dev Kohli, Singer: Shaan]
For all Shaan fans there is good news. Though his 'Tishnagi' didn't really give his fans some trademar